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New Inductees Into State’s Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame Announced

March 1st, 2019 Comments off
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Dennis Adams, Timberline Homes, Southern Lifestyle, with AL Manufactured Housing Association Hall of Fame plaque.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews was contacted recently by Lance Latham, Deputy Director for the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association to share the following announcement of two new inductees into their state’s Hall of Fame.

 

The release was accompanied by the photo shown at top and below.  Of course, the text at top and below was added by MHProNews, and the selection of order was determined in an impartial manner by us editorially.  The AMHA release stated the following.

 

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Dennis Adams, Britt Richards Inducted Into Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame

 

Hamilton, AL – The Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry has inducted Dennis Adams, President of Timberline Homes, Inc., and Britt Richards, Vice President of Operations and Marketing for Clayton Home Building Group, into the industry’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on the campus of Bevill State Community College.

“To be nominated by the members of our industry and chosen by those who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame is a special honor, and it means more to me than they will ever know,” said Mr. Adams. “I’m grateful to all the hardworking men and women at Timberline Homes, without whom our success wouldn’t have been possible. I’m proud to work with them each and every day, and proud to have helped over 28,000 families find a quality, affordable home. This is a special industry, and to receive this recognition is a special honor that I will always cherish and be proud of.”

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award and be recognized among an elite group of business associates,” said Mr. Richards. “I am grateful to work with an amazing team at Clayton Homes where everyone truly embraces the vision of elevating the industry. The thing I value most are the friendships and relationships I have developed over the past 31 years in this business. This is truly an honor I will cherish forever.”

Each year, nominees for the Hall of Fame are submitted to the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association from members of the manufactured housing industry. The nominees are then voted on by all past Hall of Fame inductees who are still living. The two nominees are then formally inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Hamilton, Alabama. The requirements for being nominated are:

  • The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the industry or owned, managed, or been a part of a successful business that contributed to the manufactured housing industry.
  • The nominee must be active in the manufactured housing industry in Alabama for at least 10 years.

Including Mr. Adams and Mr. Richards, there have been 50 inductees into the Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was first established in 2001.

Mr. Adams has been in the manufactured housing industry for 34 years. He opened Southern Lifestyle, Inc. in 1984 and Timberline Homes, Inc. in 2001. He owns and operates multiple retail sales centers throughout the southeast and has integrated Timberline Homes Insurance, MH Logistics, Timberline Construction Group, Timberline Equipment Company and C.B.A. Housing into his manufactured housing company. In addition to manufactured housing, Mr. Adams is involved in the land and timber business, as well as the hotel and restaurant business.

Timberline homes has retailed over 28,000 homes  and has worked with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to install temporary and permanent housing units to approximately 8,000 presidentially declared disaster areas throughout the United States.

Mr. Richards began his career in the manufactured housing industry after graduating from the University of North Alabama, where he played baseball. He joined Southern Energy Homes in the spring of 1988 as a sales representative at the LifeStyle & Hospitality Division in Addison, Alabama. He has since dedicated more than 30 years of his career to the home building industry. In 1995, he was elevated to Sales Manager of two Southern Homes facilities, and soon added two more. In 2000, Mr. Richards became General Manager of two Southern Homes facilities, adding Estates in 2003 and Southern Energy in 2006.

Since 2010, Mr. Richards has served as an executive for the Clayton Home Building Group, first as a Regional Vice President and currently as Vice President of Operations and Marketing. In this role, he oversees 10 facilities in Alabama, Texas and Tennessee, which includes over 2,300 team members.

 

— End of AL MHA Release —

 

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MH and Millennials: Finally Affordable

January 18th, 2017 Comments off
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A home at Lamplighter Village. Credit: Florida Today.

In Melbourne, Florida, manufactured homes are getting a whole new level of respect.

From millennials.

The generation that is now attracted to manufactured homes wants all the extras and we’re giving it to them,” said Ryan Brower, general manager at Lamplighter Village.

Today’s buyers may be downsizing from a 4,000-square-foot home to a 2,000-square-foot home, but they don’t want to lose any of the amenities. They want more. They also want all the new trends.

Per Florida Today, while the baby boomers may be downsizing and interested in the possibilities of the new manufactured homes, they are not the only ones in the market for this affordable housing.

Millennials are making the move to their first house, and more of them are also choosing manufactured homes.

The data supports this.

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Statistics from the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) show that the largest group of manufactured home owners is now between the ages of 18 and 29.

Pricing also makes manufactured housing extremely attractive to millennials, with “costs anywhere between 10 and 35 percent lower than site built homes,” read the odd phrasing of the apparent MHI advertorial, given that the Census Bureau reports manufactured homes are half the cost of new on-site construction.

Where most would agrees is that when combined with the quality and consistency of factory building, there are often no discernible differences between manufactured and site built homes.

As an example, Lamplighter Village offers three bedroom, two bath homes with 2,220 square feet for between $90,000 to $160,000.

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Richard Jennison. Credit: MHI.

The standards for manufactured housing are subject to robust compliance and quality assurance regulations, sometimes more stringent than those for traditional site-built homes,” said MHI president and CEO Richard Jennison.

The building materials used in today’s manufactured homes are the same as those used in site-built homes. 

Also attractive to millennials are sustainability, energy efficiency and technology, all of which manufactured housing delivers on in a big way.

Energy standards for manufactured homes continue to improve,” said Keith Holdbrooks, president of Clayton Home Building Group. “We’re constantly adding new options that can lower homeowner energy consumption for better, long-term savings.

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The Daily Business News recently covered Red Bay, Alabama-based Sunshine Homes and their NextGen tech for retailers and manufactured home communities, including 3D virtual tours. That story is linked here.

For more on how manufactured housing continues to defy stereotypes, take a look at our recent MHLivingNews features “Oh Paradigm Shift” – Million Dollar Manufactured Homes for Rich and Frugal, and Nine Revolutionary PreCrafted Tips on Home Buying for 2017, and Beyond. ##

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Dreaming of a Free Home at Christmas – Ava Wood’s True Story

December 2nd, 2016 Comments off

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“Down on her luck” Ava Woods, living in very difficult conditions, but known for her giving spirit, has just been given her dream come true.

Clayton home building group, Clayton Homes of Pelham and Jesus Works Ministry, teamed up with others to make this giveaway possible.

Please see the full story, including a video and photo spread, linked here. ##

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Tiny Houses Go Luxury – Clayton home building group unveils new series, Video, Photos

September 9th, 2016 Comments off

lowcountrytinyhouseclaytonhomebuildinggroupluxurytinyhouses-creditknoxvillenews-posteddailybusinessnews-mhpronewsWe are excited to build homes and explore opportunities for this housing segment,” said Mike Duncan with Clayton Homes to MHProNews. “Some may say it is a fad, and there are certainly some obstacles when it comes to zoning and acceptance in some areas, but it will be fun to try and see if we can meet the market with a product that works and to learn from it.”

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Jeffrey Dungan Architect, photo credit – Houzz.

People were very excited,” said Jeffrey Dungan to the KnoxvilleNews, whose company designed the prototype. Speaking about attendees’ reaction to Clayton’s “Low Country” tiny home prototype at the Cashiers Designer Showcase in North Carolina, Dungan stated that “It was almost like a childlike response, even with people who are 70 years old. I don’t know quite what it is, there’s this youthful exuberance when you talk about tiny homes and when they get to actually stand in one.”

The regional event attracts interior designers and builders who are exploring new trends. Dungan said the display model – produced in Clayton Alabama production center – could have been sold 15 times, right on the spot, it drew so much positive attention.

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Mike Duncan, VP, Clayton Homes.

The home and design by Jeff Dungan is stunning and was very well received at the event in Cashiers, NC,” Duncan said.

Very different use of material and exterior design,” and “super fun to build.”

We’ve dedicated a facility in Alabama to build Tiny homes and will explore possibilities,” Duncan explains. “It certainly gives a platform to showcase the neat things that can be done.”

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“Low Country” tiny homes, like those showcased in Cashiers, are 396 square feet.  They retail for $96,000. The Clayton home building group has two other series of tiny homes being designed.

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The Campground Series will be there entry level tiny house, and based upon transport and other factors, would retail in the $40,000 range. These are built to the RV Code, not to the HUD Code.  So the total size must be under 400 square feet.

The Lakeside series will sell the $60,000 range. Hollingworth stresses that these are estimates, and that the distance to transport will clearly be a factor in the pricing.

Duncan told the Daily Business News that the KnoxvilleNews article “has been shared a lot,” and “helps broaden the audience of consideration.” That story, which includes a full photo-spread, is linked here. ##

(Photo and video credits, Clayton Homes, KnoxvilleNews).

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Clayton Homes Inaugurates Birmingham Home Show

May 12th, 2016 Comments off

ClaytonEmploying 2,142 team members from 10 supply operations and seven home building facilities in Alabama, as well as having built 5,734 homes in the state, manufactured home builder Clayton Homes will host its very first Birmingham Home Show May 17-19, 2016, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

Showcasing 27 homes, Keith Holdbrooks, president of the Clayton Home Building Group, said, “We are thrilled to celebrate our retailers and display Clayton’s latest innovations in home building in the great state of Alabama. Seven of our eight Southeastern facilities are located in Alabama, and we are honored to give back to the state that is home to a large portion of our team members and facilities.”

The private event, drawing over 300 people, is limited to Clayton-approved and prospective partners, and will highlight Clayton’s newest technologies, which include a 360 degree virtual tour and a 3D home tour, MHProNews has learned.

Additionally, Clayton will present a check for over $100,000 to Hope For The Warriors®, a non-profit organization that provides services for wounded war veterans and their families. In 2015 Clayton agreed to contribute to Hope for each Clayton Patriot Home sold, which is now numbering 964 homes built. Clayton anticipates it will receive more orders. To learn more, click here. ##

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Clayton Homes Acquires River Birch Homes of Alabama

April 11th, 2016 Comments off

river_birch_homesMHProNews has learned from wcbi that Maryville, TN-based Clayton Homes has acquired all the assets of River Birch Homes of Hackleburg, AL, effective immediately. Gerald Terrell and Delmo Payne combined their experience into River Birch in 1997.

Payne said, Since day one, our motto has always been: ‘Q. V. S.’ – quality, value and service. We build a quality house, price it competitively and provide professional service after the sale. All three are equally important to earn business year after year.”

Noting the addition of River Birch as their 37th facility, Keith Holdbrooks, president of the Clayton Home Building Group, said, “We are thrilled to become members of the Hackleburg community. Delmo and Gerald have done an excellent job in creating a solid brand with River Birch Homes and we look to continue the good work they have already started.”

Employing nearly 240 people from the larger Hackleblurg community, River Birch offers single and multi-section manufactured homes, marketing them through nine southeastern states.

The largest producer of manufactured homes in North America , Clayton has over 1,000 Home Centers nationwide. Through its affiliates and family of brands, Clayton builds, sells, finances, leases and insures Clayton-built manufactured and modular homes under 11 brands. ##

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